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Welcome to Gainesville and North Central Florida!

Nestled in the beautiful landscape of North Central Florida, Gainesville is a city of more than 265,000 people. With plenty of opportunities for education, affordable housing and plenty of things to see and do, this area of the Sunshine State is a great place to live and to continue your medical education.

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With affordable apartments and the average housing price at $160,000, there are good opportunities to rent or own a beautiful home near our main hospital campus or one of our affiliated outpatient clinics.

Below are some helpful resources to help you find the right home that fits within your resources, location and budget.

Recreation & Activities

Gainesville is known for the beauty of its natural surroundings. Numerous parks, lakes and beautiful settings provide entertainment to thousands of visitors. Because of its natural landscape and urban “forest”, Gainesville and the surrounding areas are among the most attractive places in Florida.

Below is a guide to some of Gainesville and North Central Florida’s most beautiful natural attractions.

Local Attractions Nearby Cities

Conveniently located just off Interstate 75, residents of Gainesville are just hours away from nearby fun in surrounding cities, including: Jacksonville, Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa, St. Augustine and Cedar Key.

The Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico are just 75 miles away. Theme parks, sporting events and limitless entertainment are close enough to plan a fun day trip with family and friends.

Below are some of the area’s biggest attractions and events, listed by city.

  • Gainesville
    • The Hippodrome State Theatre
    • Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
    • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Orlando
    • Walt Disney World Resort
    • Universal Studios – Florida
    • SeaWorld Orlando
    • Harry P. Leu Gardens
    • Orlando Museum of Art
    • Orange County Regional History Center
  • Jacksonville
    • Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens
    • Jacksonville Jaguars Football
    • Hanna Park
    • Friendship Fountain
    • Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens
  • St. Augustine'
    • Castillo de San Marcos
    • Fort Matanzas National Monument
    • Anastasia Island
    • St. Augustine Beach
    • Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
  • Tallahassee
    • Florida State Capitol
    • Museum of Florida History
    • Doak Campbell Stadium
    • Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park